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Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
CIFOR was established under the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) system in response to global concerns about the social, environmental and economic consequences of loss and degradation of forests. It operates through a series of highly decentralised partnerships with key institutions and/or individuals throughout the developing and industrialised worlds. The nature and duration of these partnerships is determined by the specific research problems being addressed. This research agenda is under constant review and is subject to change as CIFOR's partners recognize new opportunities and problems.
CIFOR's mission is to contribute to the sustained well being of people in developing countries, particularly in the tropics, through collaborative strategic and applied research and related activities in forest systems and forestry, and by promoting the transfer of appropriate new technologies and the adoption of new methods of social organization, for national development.
The objectives are: to improve the scientific basis for ensuring the balanced management of forests and forest lands; to develop policies and technologies for sustainable use and management of forest goods and services; to strengthen national capacities for research; and to support the development of policies and technologies for the optimal use of forests and forest lands.
CIFOR's medium-term plan 2000-2003 groups activities under nine main programmes: (i) Underlying Causes of Deforestation; (ii) Sustainable Forest Management; (iii) Adaptive Co-Management; (iv) Plantations; (v) Biodiversity and Managed Forests; (vi) Forest Products and People; (vii) Research Impacts and Priorities; (viii) Policies, Technologies and Global Changes; and (ix) Alternatives to Slash and Burn. The biogeographic focus of the plan is on humid and sub-humid tropical lowlands in Asia and Latin America, and the seasonally dry forest of India and tropical America.
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CIFOR's Biodiversity and Managed Forests Programme (BIO)
This programme aims to facilitate improvements in the sustainable use of forest biological diversity at the landscape scale through an improved capability to assess biodiversity and new insights into relationships between human interventions, biodiversity and ecosystem processes. The main aims are to determine three different sets of causes and mechanisms of forest biological diversity: proximate, direct and indirect, and produce tools and recommendations improving the likelihood of sustainable use of biological diversity. Research themes related to these aims include: (i) identification of the impacts of the major threats to in situ conservation of forest biodiversity, especially by human disturbance, logging and fragmentation and forest fire; (ii) development of tools for assessing and monitoring biodiversity; (iii) development of testable models to help generate options for sustainable forest management under variable environments; (iv) development for options for policy interventions that promote sustainable resources use; (v) development of survey techniques for efficient diagnosis and inventory of forested ecosystems; and (vi) development of integrated survey design and sampling procedures estimating biodiversity and related productivity for human needs.
Criteria and Indicators Modification and Adaptation Tool (CIMAT)
CIMAT is a computer software designed to help users modify, customize and adapt the CIFOR C&I (Criteria and Indicators) generic template and C&I sets of CIFOR industrial plantation, CIFOR community managed forest, International Tropical Timber Organization, Forest Stewardship Council, African Timber Organization and the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute to meet local conditions and expectations.
CIMAT also allows its users to develop an entirely new set of C&I from an 'empty' set. CIMAT will assist users by giving suggestions at any stage. Furthermore, CIMAT also provides guidance for assessment of C&I using multicriteria analysis i.e. analytic hierarchy process, ranking and rating. CIMAT can also be treated as a 'learning tool' for those who are merely interested in exploring the C&I knowledge store on it.